Five Native American Bands to Give Thanks For

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3. Miracle Dolls - I Let You Go

Indie rockers Dani Doll and Dezy Doll are at the helm of Miracle Dolls. Calling Chino their hometown, the Southern California twin sisters are Hidatsas from the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. Like Blackfire before them, Miracle Dolls have also performed on the Warped Tour in addition to rocking out reservations. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the John Avila (Oingo Boingo) produced follow up to Thieves and Guns featuring guest drumming by Aixa of Go Betty Go. Until then, there's repeat-button inducing tracks like "I Let You Go" to listen to while tiding Miracle Dolls fans over!

4. Samantha Crain - Santa Fe

Singer-songwriter Samantha Crain is a Choctaw Indian from Shawnee, Oklahoma whose musicality is apparent to anyone with a willing ear to lend. Listen to "Santa Fe" off of her second full-length album You (Understood) with its banjo melodies, folksy strumming, and that voice that defies all description and find yourself an instant convert. The Neil Young-loving Crain has caught the attention of outlets from Rolling Stone to the Washington Post. If this is the first listen of the 26 year-old's phenomenal music, a third full-length album, the highly autobiographical Kid Face awaits you early next year. So grand are Crain's talents that all the more assholes are those who thieved her guitars earlier this month from her home!

5. Digging Roots - Spring to Come

A chance meeting brought Digging Roots vocalists Raven Kanatakta and Shoshona Kish together. Ever since, the music emanating from their creative core has been nothing less than mesmerizing. With a refreshing take on the blues, Digging Roots incorporates other styles such as hip hop and reggae into their musical fold. The Toronto, Canada-based jam band's last album WE ARE featured a collaboration with A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness and after extensive touring in Europe and North America, Digging Roots is digging in for a new album entitled Love Drive.

Bonus Track: Niko Black - "Any Way Outta Here"

Niko Black, a Mescalero Apache woman currently fighting the eviction from her Garden Grove home while terminally ill with cancer--as chronicled by the Weekly--graced local stages in her less stressful days. With raspy vocals, she sang inspired songs, including a tribute to former Weekly intern Vu Nguyen who died as a result of suffering a heart attack at the age of 34. Featured on Long Beach's BeatzByDevastata's 2005 album The Edge of Catastrophe, Black sings and plays acoustic guitar on "Any Way Outta Here," a soulful groove that beckons listeners to the refrain "The answer's back at the beginning..."

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